Good Shepherd Preschool

A Ministry of the Hancock United Methodist Church

Good Shepherd Information

Mission Statement

Good Shepherd Preschool operates with a LOC through the Maryland State Department of Education. We are licensed to care for a daily total of 64 children, ages 2-13.
Our purpose is to serve working families by caring for children in a safe, loving and Christian atmosphere.  Our mission is to provide every child with a quality early childhood experience. We strive to provide a learning experience that is creative, nurturing, structured, and reflective to children of their great worth to God with prayer and reflection.  Children will learn how to share, take turns, use manners and show respect for themselves and others, and build relationships.  Kindergarten readiness is also a focus of our program and daily activities are intentional and developmentally appropriate covering all domains of learning.  Lessons and activities are adapted through a state approved preschool curriculum to meet both the individual child and classroom need.  Our qualified, engaged staff views early childhood as a meaningful experience that lays the foundation for lifelong learners. It is our desire to become partners with parents/guardians of each child to foster their early learning and grow together.

Registration Information
GSP accepts registration for children ages 2-13 year round. We offer both a Full Day and ½ Day Preschool Program for children 2-5, a Before/After School Program for ages 5-13, and both a Preschool and School Age Summer Program. GSP requires a minimum of a 2 Day schedule for all students. All meals and snacks are included with tuition. Rates/Fees are subject to change! For Schedule availability we recommend contacting the preschool.  Tuition is required regardless of attendance.
Annual Registration Fee - $40.00
Rate Schedule for 2013-2014 School Year:

Potty-Trained is determined by the Director using the following definition; Independent usage of the restroom and wearing underwear for 2 consecutive weeks at Preschool with NO accidents.  If a rate change becomes applicable, you will be contacted by the Director once your child has met the aforementioned criteria.
Meals and Snacks are included!  We also offer Before/After School Care for children enrolled at Hancock Elementary and School Closing /Inclement Weather Care (Full Day Rates Apply) for children enrolled in area elementary schools.  All schedules are available and a 2-day minimum is mandatory.

Tuition assistance is available in the tri-state area to help working parents cover the costs of child care, this includes Preschool and School Age children. GSP accepts vouchers from Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  For information about these programs or to see if you qualify, contact your local Department of Social Services.

Good Shepherd Staff
We pride ourselves in the fact that our teaching staff continues to remain the same with little changes. We offer children an environment of consistency, normalcy, and routine. With a combined total of 29 years experience in this Center, children feel welcome and content in their childcare setting. Our early childcare professionals include; Director-January Souders, Assistant Director-Tera Swisher, Teacher-Kathy McCarty, all of whom have received their Credential through the Maryland State Dept. of Education.  Our aides / seasonal staff are made up of college students and former preschool staff.

Throughout the school year, Good Shepherd has a variety of preschool events, field trips, and classroom visitors. We also hold monthly birthday parties and holiday parties/activities. We are actively involved with the community, participating in both the Canal Apple Days, and Halloween parades with floats representing the school. At the annual Barge Bash and National Night Out we set up an information and game booth, making our community aware of early childcare. GSP has also adopted its own mission – St. Jude. We hold a Trike-a-Thon annually where children ride their bikes in honor of the hospital and its young patients. Every cent collected by the children is donated for research. This event has become a huge local event and has attracted many corporate sponsors. Summers at GSP are just as exciting! We offer swimming, nature walks, daily crafts, games, field trips, and special guest visitors.

Good Shepherd Preschool

168 West Main Street

Hancock, Maryland 21750


Hours of Operation:

Open Year Round

6:30 am – 5:30 pm

Established: August, 1999

Good Shepherd Staff

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January 2015

GSP Forms

2014-15 School Contract

Permission Slip

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Emergency Card

Parent Handbook

All About Your Child

Consumer Book

Medical Guidelines


Health Inventory


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Visitors since January 30, 2010


Monday - Friday

2 - 4 Days

Potty Trained:

$95 / week

$20 / day

Not Potty-Trained:

$115 / week

$23 / day

Before School Only:

$5 / day

Before & After School:

$12 / day

After School Only:

$10 / day